Digital Cinema Initiatives

ABOUT DCI

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI) was created in March, 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros. Studios. DCI's primary purpose is to establish and document voluntary specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality control.


 

DCI Releases DRAFT High Dynamic Range and DRAFT Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum
Approved for Distribution for Comments 16 November 2018
Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representatives Committee

 

The proper presentation of a High Dynamic Range Digital Cinema Distribution Master (HDR-DCDM) requires the definition of an HDR Reference Display and controlled environment. This DRAFT specification defines the HDR Reference Display and specifies the tolerances around the critical image parameters for Review Rooms and Exhibition Theaters so that consistent and repeatable color quality can be achieved.

D-Cinema Direct View Displays provide the potential for an improved high-quality image through significantly increased peak luminance and dynamic range, but may also be used to present legacy content. This DRAFT specification defines performance requirements for such displays that are unique to D-Cinema Direct View Displays. These requirements will ensure interoperability and consistent quality of image content on the new generation of d cinema displays.

These documents are not DCI Specifications. These Draft Version 0.9 documents are distributed for review and comment prior to publication of a final requirements document by DCI. Recipients of these documents are invited to submit their comments to DCI. Responses should be submitted by email to no scrape.

Click here for DCI DRAFT High Dynamic Range D-Cinema Addendum version 0.9 (PDF)

Click here for DCI DRAFT Direct View Display D-Cinema Addendum version 0.9 (PDF)


 

DCI Specification, Version 1.3
Approved 27 June 2018
Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representatives Committee

 

The Digital Cinema System Specification, Version 1.3, dated 27 June 2018, integrates the 45 errata issued to the previous DCSS version into a new document. The document does not contain new content; the 45 errata are simply incorporated for ease of use.

Two addenda are supplements to the DCSS: Digital Cinema Object-Based Audio Addendum, dated October 1, 2018, and Stereoscopic Digital Cinema Addendum, dated July 11, 2007.

The Digital Cinema System Specification, Version 1.3, and the two addenda are available at:
http://www.dcimovies.com/specification/

A direct link to the PDF file of the DCSS, Version 1.3, is:
Click here DCI DCSS Version 1.3(PDF)


 

DCI Memorandum Regarding Direct View Displays
Approved 27 June 2018
Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representatives Committee

 

Direct view displays provide the potential for an improved high-quality image through significantly increased peak luminance and dynamic range.

The current Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS) and Compliance Test Plan (CTP) were crafted with projection systems in mind. With the advent of direct view displays, the associated system architecture and performance characteristics differ from projection systems such that new specifications are necessary. This document broadly defines performance and security parameters that DCI intends to define for these types of displays in order to give manufacturers guidance while a complete set of requirements is developed. Parameters defined in this memo are tentative and subject to change.

Click here for the complete DCI Memorandum Regarding Direct View Displays


 

DCI Image Evaluation Summary
Approved 11 May 2018
Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, Member Representatives Committee

 

During December 2017, DCI conducted viewing sessions utilizing short clips (approximately 15 to 25 seconds) of existing theatrical content that were chosen based on their suitability for image comparison testing in a higher dynamic range projection environment

Click here for the complete DCI Image Evaluation Summary


 

Jim Whittlesey

DIGITAL CINEMA INITIATIVES, LLC, ANNOUNCES PURDUE SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF JIM WHITTLESEY

Hollywood, California - February 18, 2017 - Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, (DCI) announced today that it has created a scholarship fund at Purdue University in memory of Jim Whittlesey (1953-2017). Jim received his BSEE from Purdue University in 1981.

Jim was known and beloved throughout the entertainment industry as a d-cinema pioneer and ambassador. DCI is forever grateful to Jim for his invaluable contributions to its organization and to the digital cinema community.

Jim worked for DCI from 2003 to 2005 during the initial development of the DCI System Specification, becoming its Director of Technology. He returned to consult for DCI in late 2014 until his untimely passing in January 2017.

The DCI scholarship donation of $12,000 will aid students in electrical engineering and computer science. DCI invites you to honor Jim's legacy by making contributions to the Jim Whittlesey Scholarship Fund at: Giving.Purdue.edu/InMemoryofJimWhittlesey.

About Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC, (DCI) was created in March 2002, and is a joint venture of Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal and Warner Bros. The primary purpose of DCI is to establish and document specifications for an open architecture for digital cinema that ensures a uniform and high level of technical performance, reliability and quality. See www.dcimovies.com for more information.

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